Khajjiar, the final chapter of my first trip to Himachal. Well, technically second last cause our last stop before returning back to Delhi was Dalhousie but we didn’t do anything there apart from enjoying the dinner and the beautiful view from the balcony of our hotel (so it doesn’t count 😛 ). Khajjiar is a small plateau with a stream-fed lake in the middle (covered pretty much with weeds & moss) surrounded by meadows and forests. My first thought when I reached the location after our long and entertaining drive was “is this it”?
And if you have read my last blog on my road trip to Khajjiar, you can understand my surprise. But soon the beauty of the dense deodars and pines and the serenity of the lush green meadows grew up on me. We parked our cars, walked down towards a silent, less crowded and dry area and just sat there for good 20-30 mins gazing at the forests and the scenic beauty around us.
Khajjiar can either be reached from Dalhousie, the nearest major town and hill station, by bus in about an hour or if you drive like us from McLeodGanj it will take around 5 hours. The name “Mini Switzerland” was given by Mr. Willy T. Blazer, Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India on 7 July 1992.
The best entertainment in Khajjiar is to walk around the lake or to go for long walks in the thick pine forests. You can also try horse riding while you are there. For me and my BFF even more entertaining were a pair of rabbits that were there. Although it felt a bit sad to see them captivated and used for earning money by clicking pictures, another train of thought in my head told me that rabbits make for good pets as well. And until they are fed and taken care of and not boxed up, I guess its good right?
Post lunch we walked around the Khajjiar Lake, the dense growth of weed called vacha has made its earth spongy and mushy so even after trying too hard to avoid getting our feet and shoes dirty we made it into a few puddles. The banks stand covered by a thick layer of earth, formed by the years of dust settling down on the weeds. With a small town vibe, fresh mountain air and picturesque landscapes, it is an adventurer and nature lover’s playground.